Although we will see this new Palm Treo device in the US soon, Vodafone has beaten everyone again in launching it in Europe first. Here is the announcement from Palm Europe:
"Palm Europe Ltd today announced the Palm Treo 500v smartphone which combines multiple forms of communication and multimedia capabilities with high speed 3G/UMTS mobile internet access, allowing users access to popular websites such as MySpace, YouTube and eBay whilst on the move. The new Palm Treo 500v smartphone will initially be available exclusively to Vodafone customers from October.
The Palm Treo 500v smartphone runs on a Windows? Mobile 6 standard platform and has a full keyboard, large screen, video streaming capability and a comprehensive multi-messaging functionality covering Instant Messaging, SMS, email and phone and personal information management software in a new design. The compact form factor is available in two colours: glacier white and charcoal grey.
It will initially be available to Vodafone customers in Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, the UK and Vodacom customers in South Africa.
With the Palm Treo 500v smartphone customers can also manage documents using mobile versions of familiar Microsoft applications like Outlook, Office, and Windows Live for Windows Mobile. In addition users can share the Treo 500v smartphone's data access with a laptop, so they can stay connected anywhere within wireless coverage."
Treo 500v Features and Benefits
? All-in-one smartphone with messaging, email and web ? Full keyboard for fast and easy typing ? Automatic delivery of Hotmail/MSN, Yahoo!, and Gmail, email as it arrives1 ? Large, high-resolution screen ? Internet Explorer Mobile full-featured browser1 ? Access to Google Maps and eBay1 ? Vodafone live! for news, sports, and entertainment on the go1 ? 3G/UMTS network ? Planner with address book, calendar, to-do lists, and more ? View Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe PDF files ? Windows Media Player Mobile for music and videos ? 2.0 megapixel camera captures video too ? 150MB of memory, expandable with microSD expansion card2 ? Windows Mobile 6 Standard software ? Microsoft Direct Push technology for delivery of Outlook email1 ? Bluetooth wireless technology ? Device available in two colours: glacier white and charcoal grey
Platform- Windows Mobile 6 Standard Display- 320x240-pixel Transflective colour screen; supports 16-bit colour (up to 65K colours) Radio- GSM/GPRS/UMTS radio GSM bands: 900/1800/1900 UMTS bands: 2100 Bluetooth- Wireless Technology Version: 2.0 + EDR Profiles: Headset, handsfree, EDR, serial and OBEX. Mono and stereo headsets are supported Memory- 256MB memory (150MB available user storage) Camera- 2.0 megapixels with 2.5x digital zoom and video capture support Battery- Removable 1200mAh, lithium-ion Talk time: 10 days standby, and up to 4.5 hours of talk time Expansion- MicroSD card Conector- mini USB Dimensions- 16.5mm (D) x 61.5mm (W) x 110mm (H) 120 grams System Requirements- Windows XP, Vista